The annual Volition fan census is upon us! We want to know
about you and what you think about our games, so please take a moment to fill
out the survey and let your voice be heard! You’ll also be entered to win a
special prize package filled with Volition goodies!
So I’ve been considering ideas like this for some time. And I think it finally occurred to me how to do it and do it well, so I’m here tonight to announce the J-Bus’s Summer of Dragon Age event here on thejbusition! As I mentioned earlier, you should DEFINITELY be thinking about your favorite Trevelyans that belong to other OC creators because here’s the schedule as it stands currently!
7/26 - 8/1: Trevelyan Week
8/2 - 8/8: Lavellan Week
8/9 - 8/15: Cadash Week
8/16 - 8/22: Adaar Week
8/23 - 8/29: Hawke Week
8/30 - 9/5: Warden Week (Apologies if you feel Wardens deserve more; I just went by what I see on a typical OC Sharing Day and I don’t see anywhere near as many Wardens as I do Inquisitors. If this goes well and I do it again next summer, maybe I’ll do an extension and do more for Wardens)
So as I said, this event will last the rest of my summer on my blog, hopefully carrying me to when I might be able to increase my blog activity again. Now, for the rules..
As I mentioned before, this WILL be a contest, with the prizes being fics from yours truly! So here’s how this whole event will work:
OCs can only be entered into the contest by nomination!
Yes, you read that right. OCs can only get involved if someone nominates them! And no, you can’t nominate your own OCs, so don’t get any ideas! If you want to ask someone to nominate your OC, I don’t have any problem with that.
Just be aware that for now, so that this doesn’t get out of hand (which it’s possible it still might) I’m only allowing you to nominate ONE OC per week. I’ll change this up if we’re not getting any OCs nominated, but I’d be a little surprised if that’s an issue. So keep that in mind if you ask someone to nominate an OC of yours!
PLEASE only nominate an OC by sending me an ask. I want the nominations to be kept somewhat secret until the reveal for the week’s slate. And please limit your nomination to that week’s character type; I will post when nominations are open for the following week.
This is KIND of a popularity contest; unfortunately it’s the best way.
Once the slate has been set, the polls will open and will be open in 1-Day increments, with the slate being cut each day until on the last day of voting, there are three OCs to choose from.
The amount of votes you get will be relative to the number of candidates in the slate: for example, 30 OCs to 10 votes, 10 OCs to 3 votes, 3 OCs to 1 vote.
Dependent on the number of OCs, voting will last anywhere from 2-4 days in the middle of the week.
All of the details will be enunciated as the event rolls along.
But the prize…
I mentioned that 3 OCs would make it to the end of each week, correct? That means all three of those OCs (or more importantly, their creators) will win a prize!
The third place OC’s creator will win a 250+ word fic, the second place OC’s creator will win a 500+ word fic, and the first place OC’s creator will win a 750+ word fic! Obviously the fics will star the winning OC, but in a scenario of the creator’s choosing!
So Trevelyan Week?
Obviously, since Trevelyan Week starts this weekend, I think it would be wise for me to open nominations tonight so that we can get this thing underway!
The tentative schedule for Trevelyan week will be:
Tonight - 7/27: Trevelyan Nominations!
7/28: Preliminary Voting
7/29: Second Round Voting
7/30: Final Round Voting
7/31 - 8/3: Lavellan Nominations!
I will obviously update you all if things change, but that’s how it stands currently!
So I look forward to seeing which OCs get nominated! I hope this event goes over well!
Let me know if you have any questions as well! Obviously I want to make sure this is all clear!
And PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST! I want to make as many people aware of this as possible! <3
Hello kpop fans and Pledis Week supporters! We have a very exciting announcement for all of you!
As you all know, the donations for this project are probably the most important part, as all of the money will go towards the gifts for the artists, which includes a food truck and rice wreaths/ flower wreaths. As of today, we are just barely a quarter of the way towards our goal of $1000, and Pledis Week is less than 3 weeks away. The new deadline for donations is the 17th, which gives us all roughly 13 days to collect approximately $750 dollars. This is why we’ve decided to turn this into something fun for everyone involved!
For every $1 you donate, you can request any of the following:
a drabble (200 words) about your bias
a snapchat edit
a simple custom graphic
For every $5 you donate, you can request any of the following:
a long drabble (250-750 words) about your bias and you can pick the theme (angst, fluff, sci-fi, etc.)
a mini snapchat edit series of your bias (a set of 3)
a custom graphic
For every $10-$15 you donate, you can request any of the following:
a oneshot about your bias (750-1500 words) and you can pick the theme (angst, fluff, sci-fi, etc.)
a snapchat edit series of your bias (a set of 5-7)
For every donation of $30, you can request the following:
a twoshot about your bias, and you can pick the theme (angst, fluff, sci-fi, etc.)
two snapchat edit series of your bias (a set of 5-7)
three custom graphics
an entry in the giveaway for a brand new 17 Carat album
Anyone who donates $50 or more can request:
a mini story (3-5 chapters) about your bias, and you can pick the theme (angst, fluff, sci-fi, etc.) OR a drabble/oneshot about your bias for every week until Christmas
a snapchat edit series of your bias (a set of 5-7) for every week of October
5-6 custom graphics
an entry in the giveaway for a brand new 17 Carat album
*You can NOT request smut or any form of abuse for any of the fics or snapchat edits.
2: Fandom Competition
We have a friendly competition for all fandoms! We want to see which fandom can do the most in supporting Pledis and this project! If you would like your donation to be included under a specific fandom, please send us a message telling us which one you belong to so we can keep track! This is not limited to Pledis fandoms either! EXO-L, ARMYS, VIPS, Starlights, Shawols, Sones, any fandom is allowed to participate in this competition! We will keep track of what fandom donates the most and announce the winner once donations are closed and everything is tallied. Please, if you can, donate!
[T]hose researchers at high levels to whom prizes like the Crafoord Prize are given, have already attained such a level of eminence in society, that they have more than they need of material benefits and prestige among their colleagues, as well as the authority and perks that accompany these things. Is it not obvious, however, that these excessive rewards to the few must come at the expense of the many?
Those labors which now earn me the approbation of the Royal Academy were carried out 25 years ago, at a time when I was still integrated into the scientific milieu and shared both its worldview and its values. But I departed from this milieu in 1970. Since then, while not in the least renouncing my passion for scientific research, I have continued to put some distance between myself and scientific circles.
In the two decades that have intervened the ethical standards of the sciences ( certainly in mathematics) have been degraded to such an extent that the most bare-faced plagiarism between colleagues ( often at the expense of those who can’t defend themselves), seems to have become the norm. At least it is generally tolerated, even in exceptionally flagrant instances.
Given this situation, were I to agree to enter into the game of prizes and rewards, it would be equivalent to my giving stamp of approval to a state of affairs in today’s sciences that I see as being profoundly unhealthy. Their spiritual state, even their intellectual and material states, are nothing less than suicidal, hence they are destined to vanish in the near future.
Alexandre Grothendieck, rejecting the Crafoord prize
To mark our exciting milestones we decided to have a competition with a variety of prizes.
In order to enter, you must be following our blog, and then reblog this post with the answer to the question: When will Hamlet finally come home?
The answer (date-month-year) can be found on the Hamlet main website.
The competition will run from today, Friday 9 October 2015 until it closes on Monday 19 October at 12:00 GMT (that’s noon). There will be a total of 5 winners - 1 in each category below - chosen at a random from the correct responses. You must have your ask open if you enter the competition, so that we can contact you if you win, and you must respond within 24 hours or the prize will be redrawn. Prizes will be allocated on first-drawn basis: the first person drawn will be able choose their prize from all 5, the second from the 4 left over and so on. We will cover the postage costs.
1. A Hamlet poster of your choice, see the lovely examples we have:
2. A miniature Hamlet text in dark blue, signed by members of the cast:
3. A Folio copy of the Hamlet text, signed by members of the cast:
4. Two Globe DVDs: Much Ado About Nothing and Doctor Faustus
5. A single item of your choice from the Globe Shop.
It’s that time of year again! Less Than Three Press would like to wish you a very happy holiday season! To celebrate the end of the year and all the holidays therein, we’re doing our ever-popular raffle and sale! You can save 15% off ebooks and an additional 15% off preorders of our upcoming releases. You can also save the usual 25% off paperbacks. This sale runs all month long (December 1 through December 31), which gives you plenty of time to stock up on new books for holiday reading! (Sale excludes box sets and bundles.)
This year’s raffle includes some new prizes and other fun. For every book you buy in the LT3 Book Market between December 1 and December 31, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win one of our fantastic prizes, including:
– GRAND PRIZES: Two lucky winners will receive Amazon’s latest Kindle Fire Tablet (8GB model), and a prize pack of holiday ebooks to stock it with (see below for the list of books). – FIRST PLACE PRIZE: Three lucky winners will receive a A $25 LT3 Gift Certificate
Each individual book you purchase enters you into the raffle. Ebooks, preorders, and paperbacks all count individually. Bundles and box sets are considered by the system to be a single “book” and will also only count once. Free books and gift certificates are excluded as raffle entries.
Winners will be contacted through the email address associated with their LT3 Book Market account* and will have 72 hours to claim their prize before a new winner is selected. Contest is open to all domestic and international customers. For full contest terms and conditions, click here.
*If your contact email address is different from your LT3 Book Market email, simply leave the email address you’d like to be contacted at in the “Special Instructions or Order Comments” box during checkout.
The nostril, the lips, and the shaft of the penis: Those are the most
painful places to be stung by a honey bee. At least, if you’re a man.
And the author of the study.
But the pain was all worth it tonight, as Michael Smith, a Ph.D.
student in entomology at Cornell University won one of several awards
handed out at Harvard University’s Sanders Theater as part of the annual
Ig Nobel Prizes. This year’s ceremony, as always presided over by Marc Abrahams (editor of Improbable Research, the science humor magazine), paid recognition to scientific research “that makes people laugh, and then think.”
The sting of the bullet ant, Paraponera clavata, is rated as the most painful in the world by a scientist who has spent a career getting stung. Didier Descouens